[SHIP'S LOGS] - Grant, E[dmund] P[ercy] F[enwick] G[eorge]
Log of HMS Achilles Commanded by Captain E. Kelly / Log of HMS Constance Comd. by Capt. F[rederic] Proby Doughty
At sea: 1882-1884. Small folio. (12 1/2 x 8 inches). Two titles, the first a stock-printing with manuscript modifications, the second a full-page watercolor, approx. 110pp. of manuscript log records with over 25 watercolor and ink drawings and maps tipped in.
Contemporary morocco-backed cloth, ships' names blocked in gilt on upper cover, log-keeper's bookplate to front pastedown.
An interesting logbook by an officer on board the HMS Achilles.
The first account of the Achilles is quite short and involves E.P.F.G. Grant recording relatively mundane activities such as cleaning and reading prayers aboard the ship between her place of anchor at Alexandria [Egypt] on September 1, 1882 and their subsequent installment at Chatham Dockyard [Kent, England] on October 6th. In the next section, Grant begins documenting the daily details of his longer and more exciting service aboard the newly-commissioned corvette Constance. The log begins at Chatham on October 7th, 1882 and ends as the ship is moored at Constance Cove, Vancouver with the last entry of June 7th, 1884. Under Captain Frederic Proby Doughty, Constance voyaged across the Atlantic, rounded South America and then spent time in Hawaii and other parts of the Pacific. The hand-drawn charts throughout offer a visual connection to Grant's meticulous logs. Each display Constance's tracking: Plymouth to Madeira December 20th-28th, 1882; Madeira to Cape Verde Islands December 29th, 1882-January 5th, 1883; Cape Verde Islands to Montevideo, Uruguay January 7th-February 3rd, 1883; Montevideo to Sandy Point, Chile February 8th-16th; Sandy Point to Coquimbo March 2nd to 12th; Coquimbo to Callao, Peru April 8th-20th and from Callao to Payta [Paita] April 21st-27th, 1883; Coquimbo to Pitcairn Island February 20th-March 15th, 1884; Pitcairn Island to the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) March 20th-April 13th; Honolulu to Esquimalt, Vancouver April 14th-27th, 1884. Other finely drawn maps include: a large fold-out South America with a charting of the overall track of the ship from Montevideo to Guayaquil; a detailed plan of Callao Harbor; a detailed topographic map of Easter Island; a detailed topographic map of Pitcairn Island; a detailed plan of Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii; and a small general map of the Sandwich Islands. Tipped-in watercolor drawings show ocean, ship, and landscape views. Admiral Sir Edmund Percy Fenwick George Grant served in the Anglo-Egyptian War of 1882, immediately after which he came on board the Achilles in Alexandria, as described here. Following his adventures on the Constance, Grant enjoyed a lengthy career as a Royal Navy Officer, including fighting in the First World War, and eventually retired at the rank of Admiral.